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Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop

Compulsory union dues are a thing of the past due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But some say a pro-union culture in the islands will prevail.
Supreme Court Deals A Major Blow To Public Sector Unions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Deals A Major Blow To Public Sector Unions

The high court rules that unions can’t force nonmembers to pay membership dues, saying it violates the First Amendment.
Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

Honolulu Cop Fired For Domestic Violence Gets His Job Back

But a labor board panel has temporarily blocked Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard's effort to release information explaining the decision.  
United Airlines Resists Honolulu Workers’ Effort To Unionize Cory Lum/Civil Beat

United Airlines Resists Honolulu Workers’ Effort To Unionize

Most employees in the Honolulu catering department are from islands in Micronesia and rely on flight benefits to go home.
Looming Supreme Court Case Could Weaken Hawaii’s Unions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looming Supreme Court Case Could Weaken Hawaii’s Unions

Many expect the nation's highest court to make public-sector union dues voluntary, reversing four decades of labor law.
Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power?

Government officials fear a bill sitting on Gov. Ige's desk will strip them of their ability to tell their employees what to do without union interference.
Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike

The current teacher contract negotiations invoke memories of 2001, the last time teachers went on strike.

 
Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA

The unprecedented move of releasing the union's negotiating positions — and the state's pay offer — brings a new level of transparency.
Hawaii Union Works To Overthrow State House Leaders Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Hawaii Union Works To Overthrow State House Leaders

Through endorsements and contributions, United Public Workers backed old-guard candidates and others who challenged current leadership.
Election Reveals Limits Of Hawaii’s Biggest Labor Union Civil Beat/2011

Election Reveals Limits Of Hawaii’s Biggest Labor Union

The Hawaii Government Employees Association did well backing Democratic incumbents, but got mixed results in other races.